>>Kenrya: Come here. Get off. [theme music]>>Erica: Welcome y’all to this week’s episode
of The Turn On with your lovely hosts Erica and Killa Ken, the host with all the friends. Okay that’s a lie. She isn’t …>>Kenrya: Who got … girl.>>Erica: That’s not you.>>Kenrya: No.>>Erica: Anyway, this week we are reading
ÒThe Dawn of Nia,Ó which was written in 2016 by Lauren Cherelle. Lauren Cherelle is just a really dope->>Kenrya: She’s dope, yeah.>>Erica: … person, in addition to being
a really great writer. She’s co-director of the Black Lesban Literary
Collective.>>Kenrya: Lesban?>>Erica: Lesban … I said lesban?>>Kenrya: Yes ma’am.>>Erica: You know my good- Midwestern tongue
on top of this Invisalign because I’m still rocking the bottom tray, sorry y’all. Lauren Cherelle is co-director of the Black
Lesbian Literary Collective.>>Kenrya: Yes ma’am.>>Erica: Just overall just a really dope writer
and dope activist and so get your wine, get your weed, get your water … because we like
to stay hydrated and juicy…>>Kenrya: Yes.>>Erica: … and sit back, relax and enjoy! [theme music]>>Kenrya: ÒThe Dawn of Nia,Ó by Lauren Cherelle. Taillights, horns and music liven the downtown
cityscape as we walk with entwined arms under the midnight sky. The night is still young. The cool April air is suitable for strolling. I, however, want to cut the dilly dally walk
short and head home. Deidra disagrees. “We look too good to be alone right now. We should strut down Beale Street.” She playfully pulls at the hem of my backless
dress. “You did all this to eat an go home?” I indeed put a lot of time and energy into
our date by shopping for a new dress and permitting Shonda to press my growing hair. She sent my teeny-weeny afro on vacation for
the weekend. Playing dress up for two hours had been thrilling,
but Deidra’s titillating dress with keyholes along the torso is steering me to a one-track
mind. I’m ready to go home and have her to myself,
ready to be the only one stealing her attention and sneaking peeps her way. She doesn’t mind accompanying me back home
after I pull her close and reveal what I really want for dessert. When I pull into the garage and kill the ignition,
Deidra caresses my thigh. “Follow me.” I meet her at the door and we lock fingers
as she leads me upstairs into the bedroom. It isn’t like I need a guide. Instead, she’s showing me that I’m in store
for a night we’ve yet to experience. She pulls me along, allowing me to revel in
her lemon scented perfume and the sway of her hips coated in skin tight fabric. She keeps the lights off when we step into
the bedroom. She lets go of my fingers and opens the shutters
to illuminate the shadows on our faces. I love the combination of moonlight and Deidra. The soft beam transforms her curves to rolling
silk, and it makes her skin different, like she’s airbrushed in brown. She looks flawless, as if a divine hand transformed
her right before my eyes. She’s a goddess now. This is exactly why I wanted to come home. She takes my hand again, pulling me closer
to he bed, our final destination. She wraps my arms around her waist, leaning
her head back to rest on my shoulder. The mango-infused shea butter in her hair
delights my nose. Our faces meet and she whispers, “Do you want
me?” “This is exactly why I want to come home,”
I say, with my fingers inching up her spine. I unzip her dress to unleash the sights and
sounds I’ve been waiting to experience. My palms fall down the phoenix tattoo I noticed
the first day we met. The ink masks a scar from a childhood accident. Fingertips falling to the small of her back. Palms, again, tracing the valley that leads
to her hips as her dress travels south. Lately, I’ve noticed a shift in the sex. It’s starting to resemble love making. She’s craving the experience as much as the
act, and she’s beginning to trust me. She lets me lead more, but I can’t linger
or do as I please with her body for too long. A sign of a woman who spent too much time
under a man who selfishly touched her. I never let images of him pierce in the canal
I love to explore taint our intimacy, but sometimes I wonder whether I truly satisfy
her. Do my kisses satiate her appetite for affection? Do my hands quench her thirst for intimacy? Do I cradle her, lift her and fill her as
much as she needs? “Yes,” she whispers. I pretend she’s responding to my inner thoughts,
though she’s answering a question I spoke into her ear. “You want this?” “Mm-hmm,” she moans at the melody. So I continue to provide her with what she
desires, a steady tongue as she slides her clit to the gates of ecstasy. She cups the back of my head to draw me closer
and intensify her mounting happiness, her hips dancing to the rhythm of our lips. I push my hands beyond her thighs and onto
her stomach, feeling the slow rise and fall of her belly and tempo to her aching moans. A plea to gain entry to the city of orgasmic
bliss. I have unilateral power to grant her admission,
but I choose to deny it. Instead, I rise from my knees and close her
legs as I join her in the bed. She continues to lie on her backside, enjoying
the residual sensation of my tongue play. I stretch out next to her and stare into her
eyes. She smiles, knowing it’s time to return the
favor. She unzips my dress and laughs when she realizes
that there are no undergarments to follow. “You never cease to amaze me,” she says and
nudges my waist, “Turn over.” I roll on my stomach and rest my head on crossed
hands. The smile on my face exposes my impatience. Deidra climbs onto my ass, her slick pussy
gracing my skin. She leans forward, pressing her goodness into
me even more as she massages my shoulders and traces her skilled hands along my waist. “Please don’t make me wait,” I say. She teases me, her fingertips tickling the
contours of my torso, all because I robbed her of an orgasm. “Please,” I beg. Finally, she rises from my body and cooler
air meets the wetness lingering from my oral play. Chills race down my spine, inducing goosebumps
along my arms. She leans forward and rests her full breasts
on my neck. Their radiant heat makes me draw a sharp breath. “Now or later,” she asks. “Now,” I order. Slowly … slowly … just as I like, she
slides her velvet bosom from my neck to the edge of my back. “Damn,” I say when she gradually rubs in the
opposite direction. When she reaches my neck, she saturates my
lips with kisses and repositions her breasts to do it again … and again. I love this shit, but prefer that it’s short
lived which gives me something to look forward to during the week, especially given that
I’d asked Deidra to save special massages for weekends. Now that I’m satisfied and spoiled, I want
to explore the new bounds of our love making. I’m ready to give her full citizenry to the
cum land. I slap her ass and she assumes an all fours
position, arching her back to relax her abdominal and vaginal muscles in preparation of my entry. I adjust her a little so she can’t maintain
the arched stance. I want to constrict her muscles as I insert
more fingers than she expects. I know from experience that it feels better
when it hurts a bit. The lustful sounds of her crying out to a
higher power and interjecting my name? This is exactly why I wanted to come home. [theme music]>>Erica: So welcome back. We just read ÒThe Dawn of Nia,Ó by Lauren
Cherelle. Kenrya, thank you for your lovely reading. Will you give us a little more background
on this story?>>Kenrya: Sure. So in ÒThe Dawn of Nia,Ó we meet Nia, the
protagonist, and when we come in she’s at the funeral for her mentor who was kind of
like her mom, Pat. The book follows what happens after Pat dies
and one of the things that happens is that she meets Deidra who is someone who is close
… Well, we find out very quickly, so I don’t think this is giving anything away, that Deidra
is the daughter of Pat that she never knew existed.>>Erica: Oh wow.>>Kenrya: Yeah and kind of pursues her …>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … and hijinks ensue.>>Erica: Hijinks ensue dot dot dot. Okay so … dear listeners, we want to kind
of take you into the origin story of The Turn On or give you a little bit of background
on us.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: When we started this podcast, we
thought we would just be reading a bunch of like really smutty, sexy, erotic stories,
which, there’s nothing wrong with it. We absolutely->>Kenrya: And there’s a bunch of it on the
shelf.>>Erica: Yeah there is a bunch of good, smutty,
erotic stories out there, but we’re also finding that there is just a lot of really good black
literature->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … that’s not being given shine. We’re finding->>Kenrya: That also includes, like, sex scenes.>>Erica: Yeah, that just also includes sex
scenes, which I think is just so typical of women, you know? We->>Kenrya: Yeah, I mean sex is just part of
it.>>Erica: It’s a part of who we are->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … and so we shouldn’t have to go
to a separate special book for sex. We should just have sex as a part of->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … what we do, and the things that
we read. We’re finding now that a lot of the stories
that we’re pulling, the excerpts that we’re getting, are from just really good stories.>>Kenrya: Right. Not things that are necessarily categorized
as erotica.>>Erica: Exactly, and so it might have a really
great scene in it, which just speaks to how great the writer is …>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … but it’s not necessarily an erotic
story. We want to categorize this book as that, and
I think the past run we’ve had recently have just been just really good stories, not necessarily
romance or erotica->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … but just really good stories
that have a really steamy scene in it.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: This story is one of them.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Just kind of wanted to give that
background on it because I, you know, we highly recommend this book, which is a female-female
…>>Kenrya: Novel. It’s female.>>Erica: … female-female novel.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Did the author categorize it->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … as romance?>>Kenrya: No she doesn’t.>>Erica: Yeah, just two women and their …>>Kenrya: Their relationship.>>Erica: I want to say their adventures. Well it is, it is an adventure.>>Kenrya: It is an adventure.>>Erica: You know, just two women as they
go through the world, and as they go through the world sex is one of those things that
happen.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: We just wanted to highlight that
and kind of make that a footnote as you kind of see what else we have in store because
I’m really excited about some of the not quite->>Kenrya: Yeah, some things we have coming
up.>>Erica: … erotica stuff we have in the
hopper for the rest of this season and Season 2 dot dot dot. Did you have anything to add?>>Kenrya: No I think you got it.>>Erica: Oh okay, bam, Eloquisha over here.>>Kenrya: Really.>>Erica: Well you know I just had to toot
my own horn. Toot Toot! Okay, so this scene opens and the two characters
Nia and Deidra are leaving a date->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and one of the things that I
thought was really cool was how … I can’t remember who said it but someone was like,
“Look, let’s go out and walk around and show off how cute you look. You did all this just to get dressed up and
go home?”>>Kenrya: Deidra said that, yeah.>>Erica: Yeah and Deidra said that and Nia
was like …>>Kenrya: Bitch, but I want … I got plans.>>Erica: … Bitch I got dressed so you can
take this shit off …>>Kenrya: Right. Yes.>>Erica: … which made me … I mean I feel
like both of them had very … had different views on …>>Kenrya: How the night was going to go?>>Erica: Well not even how the night was going
to go because I think they both probably thought, like, we going to->>Kenrya: We going to end up …>>Erica: … we going to end this on an exclamation
point, but … I think Deidra was like, you know, “You got dressed to get dressed up and
show off how cute you are-“>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and Nia was like, “No, I got
dressed to seduce your ass to come home and take this off.”>>Kenrya: 45 minutes to get all dressed up
…>>Erica: Exactly. We ain’t even going to make it to this club.>>Kenrya: Mm-mm (negative).>>Erica: When you get dressed up for a date,
are you dressing for your partner or are you dressing for yourself or are you dressing
for all them other hoes?>>Kenrya: Yeah, I’m not thinking about anybody
else. I’m dressing for myself because when I like
the way that I look I feel more confident and I feel sexier and I have a better time,
you know what I mean? Like I’m not …>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … feeling self conscious when
I know that when I walk out the door that I have to take minute and be like, “Bitch
yes!”>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: And then I’m dressing for my partner
because I want to excite them too.>>Erica: Yeah, yeah.>>Kenrya: Yeah, you know. My ass is usually hanging out so.>>Erica: Yeah, same. I got a whole lot of wagon I be dragging.>>Kenrya: Yes you do.>>Erica: You know, so I had a partner who
really enjoyed … seeing other people->>Kenrya: React to you.>>Erica: … Yeah react.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: I always … I got to a point … We
went to a party on Thursday->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and our homegirl had on these
shoes, and she was like, “Bitch, these shoes hurt so fucking bad,” like to the point where
she had a chair->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and would just drag it around
the party with her. She’s just dragging the chair around the party
with her because it’s like my feet hurt too bad. I’m so past that->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … because also I’m not one of those
people to ever take my shoes off, like …>>Kenrya: Barefoot?>>Erica: Yeah, I’m just not one of those … Or
what I->>Kenrya: Remember that one time you did and
you cut your foot?>>Erica: Oh!>>Kenrya: That’s why you don’t do that shit
no more.>>Erica: I was …>>Kenrya: And the fuck, we were in a parking
garage?>>Erica: I was no … I was utterly drunk,
like …>>Kenrya: Oh yeah yeah.>>Erica: Like trifling drunk.>>Kenrya: It was homecoming weekend?>>Erica: Homecoming weekend->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … trifling drunk, like …>>Kenrya: This is like more than a decade
ago.>>Erica: No, it was … I wish I could say
it was a decade ago.>>Kenrya: I think it was.>>Erica: No, it wasn’t. It was …>>Kenrya: Wasn’t I still living in New York
when that happened?>>Erica: We were celebrating our 10 years.>>Kenrya: Oh bitch okay. So not quite.>>Erica: Yeah, I can’t even blame it on you,
I can just blame it on thinking that I was young. Drunk as hell, took off my shoes …>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … going out of Union Station, which
is just …>>Kenrya: Ohh.>>Erica: … festering, like disgusting …>>Kenrya: It’s a fucking boil.>>Erica: Took off my shoes and I cut my foot->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … on the fucking escalator.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: So I’m drunk and I wrap my foot in
this nasty rag->>Kenrya: Ohh.>>Erica: … and then I’m like trotting … it
was just disgusting.>>Kenrya: It was bad. Everybody was twisted though. So nobody even really took it seriously because
we were all so drunk.>>Erica: Yeah, and then I’m like … You probably
saw blood, like a trail of blood->>Kenrya: Yeah, it was a trail. It was bad.>>Erica: So, I always->>Kenrya: You have shoes on.>>Erica: … I always tie my tetanus shot
to our sorority’s 10 year anniversary.>>Kenrya: Yeah …>>Erica: Ding ding ding!>>Kenrya: Our line, yeah.>>Erica: Yeah our line, it was so trashy and
tragically horrible.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: So anyway …>>Kenrya: I don’t do the whole pain for the
sake of fashion anymore.>>Erica: Well, but I am one of those people
if I commit to an outfit, I’ve committed. If my feet hurt now, I’m just going to suffer
until I can’t suffer anymore, and then when I can’t suffer anymore, bitch lights out->>Kenrya: Then it’s the worst.>>Erica: … close the shop, I’m not going
to keep going. I’m just going to->>Kenrya: I bring another pair of shoes that
match->>Erica: Nope.>>Kenrya: … so like when we were out Friday
too …>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … you didn’t come out … and
I had …>>Erica: I was taking a good bath.>>Kenrya: I know. I had flats in my clutch and I as prepared
if I had, you know, got switched over that line where they hurt too bad I was just going
to switch them shits out and then my partner would’ve just carried my heels and that would’ve
been that.>>Erica: Yeah, see I’d just be like, “Okay,
I’m ready to go now. You can shut this down. No one’s going to have any more fun, my feet
hurt, it’s done.” I mean … But I also->>Kenrya: Because you’re miserable when your
feet hurt.>>Erica: But I’m going home when my feet hurt.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Because of whatever shoe I have on,
it gives me lasting power. I’m not going to throw on a shoe that I’m
walking out the door uncomfortable in anymore.>>Kenrya: Right. Yeah.>>Erica: That’s the timer, like->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: “Ding! Well done, you’ve hit your limit.” You know?>>Kenrya: Also, when Erica hits her wall,
she hits her wall hard.>>Erica: Yeah there’s no fun, there’s no … once
I hit my wall, bitch …>>Kenrya: Just let her go.>>Erica: … I’m done. Yeah don’t even try, and Kenrya knows that
now, she’s like->>Kenrya: Bye bitch.>>Erica: “Just let that bitch go, and I’ll
ride with her. Get an Uber home.” When I get dressed, I definitely dress for
comfort.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: But I also have … you know, like
you get older you start gaining a little weight, getting a little extra cushion …>>Kenrya: Little juice.>>Erica: Little jiggles in the wibbles. I’ve gotten better about dressing in clothes
that are comfortable, but that also show off what I like about myself.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: I’m a round bottom gal, so there’s
like some country song about a round bottom gal.>>Kenrya: There is! Yes.>>Erica: I’m like, “That white man wrote that
song for me.” Wait, no nevermind.>>Kenrya: He did not.>>Erica: I got like, you know->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … slave fantasies in my head when
I said that. Anyway, so yeah. I dress in what is comfortable->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … but I also dress in what I think
would, you know, what I think my partner would like. I mean if this is the first date, bitch I’m
wearing what I want.>>Kenrya: Really? You don’t dress to impress on your first date?>>Erica: Oh I definitely dress to impress,
but it’s not like, “Ooh I think he’ll like this.”>>Kenrya: Right.>>Erica: No, it’s, you know, but if I’m feeling
you and I know oh you love my neckline, then I’m going to show something that shows my
neckline. Usually it’s like, “Girl look at that juicy
booty.”>>Kenrya: You’re like I play to my strength.>>Erica: Yeah, I play to my strengths.>>Kenrya: Yeah, I just … So on my first
date with my current partner, it was like the opposite of … The date kind of … remember,
it was not planned, but I was suddenly free and it was like, “Hey we should go out.” Then I was happening, and then it wasn’t happening
because something happened with his phone. I thought that nigga ghosted me. Remember?>>Erica: Yeah, I remember that!>>Kenrya: I as like fuck it and got in the
shower and washed my hair. I was like->>Erica: I remember that!>>Kenrya: … I guess we not going out then,
fine. I was okay with it. I was washing my hair and then he figured
out the phone thing and hit me up and was like, “So, what’s up?” And I was like fuck you mean?>>Erica: I’m 20 minutes into deep conditioning.>>Kenrya: Right. I’m like, “I am literally twisting my hair
right now and finna lotion my body and settle in for a good rom-com, and you know, it’s
all your fault.” He was like, “My phone was fucked up, I’m
sorry, let’s go out anyway. I don’t care if your hair is twisted.” And I was like, “Nigga I look like somebody’s
little homely cousin when my hair is twisted. That ain’t it.” So I wore a wig.>>Erica: Yes!>>Kenrya: I never wear wigs on dates, because
I really love my hair and I never want to also give off a->>Erica: You know what, you haven’t worn a
wig lately.>>Kenrya: Mm-mm (negative).>>Erica: Ooh I can use them.>>Kenrya: Yeah. Feel free.>>Erica: You know those wigs with the baby
hair really bother me these days. I think we talked … Did we talk about this
before?>>Kenrya: No, we did not.>>Erica: Because the thing is, I love a wig. In my mind, some weave company or wiggery
will like->>Kenrya: Wiggery.>>Erica: … some wiggery wants to sponsor
a group of like late 30, early 40’s hot girls->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … like hot aunties. In my mind, we’re having fabulous photo shoots
with->>Kenrya: Yes.>>Erica: … wigs and shit.>>Kenrya: At various brunches, switching out
your wigs.>>Erica: No, I want to be hanging out the
back of my Jeep->>Kenrya: Oh, okay.>>Erica: … in some booty shorts->>Kenrya: Okay.>>Erica: … and like a purple wig. I want them to go all out.>>Kenrya: I like this.>>Erica: I love a good wig.>>Kenrya: You got a whole vision.>>Erica: Oh I have a vision. I love a wig, I love wigs, but I feel like
sometimes we’re just going a little too far with that baby hair stuff?>>Kenrya: Yeah, I don’t have any baby hair
on my wigs.>>Erica: Yeah, yeah. I just->>Kenrya: I mean that’s a lot of work, like
you got to do that … I don’t know, I don’t mean I do that shit yourself.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: I don’t have the patience.>>Erica: No, I … You know how people watch
… I do watch ASMR YouTube videos.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: I also watch ones of people making
wigs.>>Kenrya: Making wigs.>>Erica: Oh, so my crazy soothing videos:
ASMR, people cooking food, people decorating cakes->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … people making those little tiny
clay->>Kenrya: I was just about to say, you be->>Erica: … miniatures.>>Kenrya: Yeah because you be showing, sending
me videos of people making little tiny food too.>>Erica: Yeah, yep, mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: Lord.>>Erica: That’s real food, but they also make
food with clay, and recently it’s been wig tutorials.>>Kenrya: Really. I mean …>>Erica: Only wig I own is Prince.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Right there. I’m not a wig lady, but I really enjoy watching
just the creativity of black women->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … getting like a $19 wig off Amazon->>Kenrya: And making that shit amazing.>>Erica: … and turning that shit into amazingness. I just …>>Kenrya: Yeah, I use that as a guide to cut
one of my wigs, like a video. When I watch videos about this wig people
are like, “Yeah it’s too heavy, but here’s how to shape it up.”>>Erica: Cut it.>>Kenrya: I bought the little razor, and I
got all of that from watching a black chick on the video on YouTube so yeah. That’s what’s up.>>Erica: Yeah. I absolutely adore that.>>Kenrya: I don’t wear them often, but I wore
a wig on that day because my hair was fucking twisted up, and it was raining. I wore jeans and rain boots … No, I wore
real boots, leather boots, but like over the knee leather boots and a body suit and my
fucking cocoon sweater that I wear everywhere.>>Erica: Everywhere. Yeah, oh I->>Kenrya: I was like, “This I what he’s going
to get and a raincoat.”>>Erica: As I was packing, I saw my favorite
fall sweater, and I was like, “Oohh bitch->>Kenrya: It’s almost time>>Erica: … you bout to get worn out, like
ugh.” I have like a uniform on the weekends.>>Kenrya: Do you?>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Oh yeah you do, joggers and shit.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: Yeah, yeah.>>Erica: I love a good jogger->>Kenrya: I mean me too now.>>Erica: … because you don’t have to wear
underwear with them.>>Kenrya: Yeah, I always wear underwear but
that’s because … juices.>>Erica: I mean shit, they going to->>Kenrya: I be struggling.>>Erica: … they going to get out.>>Kenrya: Oh my god, I was so swampy thighed
the other night. It was pretty humid here all week.>>Erica: Oh my gosh, you would stand outside
at a party and I’m like, “Oh,” I was like, “I am like a swamp underneath.” I just felt so unfresh. Okay, I’m sorry. We are off so->>Kenrya: It’s fine.>>Erica: When dressing for a date->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … you dress for what’s comfortable?>>Kenrya: I dress for my … Well, I’m always
comfortable. I don’t wear anything that’s going to have
me fucking, you know, uncomfortable all night because then I’m not going to be happy->>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: … and then what’s the point of
us being out if I’m uncomfortable and all sour in the fucking face.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: I wear what makes me comfortable,
but I also wear something that’s cute to me and that’s cute to him. He’s a sneaker head. I hate calling them sneakers but I guess that’s
what they call themselves.>>Erica: They’re not called tennis shoe enthusiasts?>>Kenrya: They are not, and they should be,
because the sneaker thing is so fucking weird.>>Erica: T-S-E. He’s a TSE.>>Kenrya: He collects shoes->>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … like amazing shoes, and so he
has started a collection for me. If we just going to a bar or going to watch
a fight or an arcade … You know, something, then it’s great because then I just be out
there in my tennis shoes.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative). I love it.>>Kenrya: Yeah, jeans and tennis shoes and
a crop top and I’m good.>>Erica: Okay. One of the things that … One of the lines
that stood out to me was when Nia said that their romps have transitioned from sex to
love making.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Do you think there is a difference?>>Kenrya: I mean I feel like there’s different
… I don’t know. I think that there are different modes of
sex, you know?>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Like sometimes it’s sweet and it’s
gentle and y’all are holding hands, you know, while you’re doing it. Sure, and sometimes …>>Erica: Get a dick slapped across your face.>>Kenrya: Yeah. Sometimes they fucking your face and sometimes,
you know, you’re on the little ramp thing and you got your hands cuffed … I mean it
… And then sometimes it’s like some tantric, barely moving, Slow Wine Tony Toni Tone shit. There’s all these different->>Erica: Slow wine …>>Kenrya: Yes, girl.>>Erica: Sorry.>>Kenrya: That was a great addition to my
sex list, by the way, my playlist.>>Erica: I have this really great sex playlist->>Kenrya: Me too.>>Erica: … that someone else made.>>Kenrya: Really?>>Erica: It’s like the sexiest songs or the
sexiest songs you could ever think of or something. It’s like 10 hours of it.>>Kenrya: Oh shit.>>Erica: I’m like I don’t know who having
10 hour sex because I’m sure not. We getting like a good like …>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … not six hours, nine hours. I ain’t want to make myself feel->>Kenrya: You don’t want to put a number on
it? Yeah, no I have an amazing list that never
gets old to me, but I had another version of it once that had … I got shamed by the
nigga who I was using it with because it had->>Erica: Look at my face.>>Kenrya: I know, yeah whatever. I stopped fucking him a long time ago. It had stuff like … What’s on it right now. It’s got like “When We” by Tank, you know
that’s my fucking jam.>>Erica: Is that an Apple Music playlist?>>Kenrya: No, but I can … It’s on there,
so I should be able to share it with you.>>Erica: Yeah, if you made it in Apple Music
then you can share.>>Kenrya: Then you can share, yeah.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Yeah it’s got the slow jams on it,
but it also has shit like “Shake It Fast-“>>Erica: Yeah yeah yeah.>>Kenrya: … and->>Erica: [inaudible 00:27:06]>>Kenrya: … shit that … it did not have
“Yeah” on it. It definitely had “Shake Your Ass” on it.>>Erica: I’m so mad [inaudible 00:27:17].>>Kenrya: Because …>>Erica: At some point you got to shake it
fast and watch yourself>>Kenrya: Yeah, and I->>Erica: Show one what you’re working with.>>Kenrya: … I like to switch it up, like
we having the soft sweet, and then we can change positions and we can do the hard and
the ass shaking and I like to mix it up. He did shame me enough that I made another
version of the list that didn’t have the fast songs in it.>>Erica: Fuck you, Ex.>>Kenrya: I know. Yeah I like a good playlist, but even without
having the fast songs in there, it changes … it sets a different mood depending on
what the song is and I like that.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: So I don’t know that there’s a difference. Maybe I do … If I’m fucking somebody for
the first time, it’s probably … it doesn’t feel as intimate or as … You know, there’s
no staring into eyes probably, I guess, with the first person, a random person, but maybe
there is->>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: … depending on what our connection
is so I don’t know. Yeah. What about you, do you think there’s a difference?>>Erica: You know, I think I get what she’s
saying there, where it seems to be a little more …>>Kenrya: An increase in intimacy.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: And a letting down of the guard.>>Erica: Yeah, but I also feel like I can
look back on experiences that I’ve had with partners and it’s been some “shit, like you
got to patch that hole in that wall.” It was clearly love making->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … because it was that, you know,
that intimate … I think that there’s a huge difference between sex and intimacy.>>Kenrya: Yes.>>Erica: Let me say that.>>Kenrya: Absolutely.>>Erica: Not to cheapen sex, because I do
think that sex can be an intimate act …>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … but sex is also just a physical
something that happens and I think that her saying that they’ve moved from sex to intimacy
… I mean from sex to love making means that there’s an increased amount of intimacy->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … or there’s been->>Kenrya: Or some trust or …>>Erica: … enough shared intimacy->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … to make this feel like there’s
more of you going into it.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative). No, that makes sense to me.>>Erica: You know, more soul ties being … I
say that so facetiously, but you know.>>Kenrya: No, that’s real. I mean, I have been in relationships, I can
think of two people, where it felt like, and I remember saying this like, “You can’t be
intimate with me without it being sex.” So there could be no, “Oh we’re just cuddling
on the couch->>Erica: Girl, why you so loud?>>Kenrya: … watching a movie.” It had to turn into now there’s a hand in
my bra, you know what I mean?>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: You are so wrapped up in your penis
that you can’t just sit here and enjoy this intimate moment with me, without it having
to turn into, “Okay now we need to have penetrative sex.” Like leave me the fuck alone.>>Erica: Yeah, I had the problem where there
was no intimacy.>>Kenrya: Unless it was sex.>>Erica: Unless it was like, couldn’t even
be … there was just, “Well I fucked you last night.” And it’s like, no.>>Kenrya: Could we sit here together, could
we talk …>>Erica: We say this all the time, dicks are
low in value and abundant.>>Kenrya: Fucking abundant.>>Erica: You can find anybody that will fuck
and nine times out of ten fuck well.>>Kenrya: That’s not just to say that’s not
just a dick that’s attached to your body, right.>>Erica: Very clear.>>Kenrya: Because the strap is also abundant.>>Erica: Yeah, people know how to work a penis->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah.>>Erica: … whether it’s attached to them
or they bought it at a store.>>Kenrya: Exactly.>>Erica: It is what it is.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: It’s the intimacy that brings it,
you know, that brings it home.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: I think that women that get dick
whipped or dick-matized … No you need to understand ain’t shit special about him doing
this.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: If he a trash bag ass man like, girl.>>Kenrya: As we said before that’s usually
just the gift that God gave them.>>Erica: Exactly like he’s just trying to->>Kenrya: So people will look at his ass.>>Erica: Yeah he’s trying to make use of the
shit that the Lord gave him. Yeah so I think that the intimacy part is
the part she’s really talking about. I mean I don’t want to put words in an author’s
mouth, but I think that, you know->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … by this point there had been
enough intimacy or shared intimacy->>Kenrya: And built trust, I think.>>Erica: … that kind of imbued itself into->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … Girl I just be using words. If I’m using them wrong, y’all let us know. But you know that kind of marinated itself
into the situation->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … that made this a little bit more
than just what it was.>>Kenrya: Right.>>Erica: So yeah. I also love in the writing how Nia really,
like, as she’s talking through this experience, she’s talking about what she’s doing to Deidra->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and how Deidra’s responding,
and she really took the focus … I mean it wasn’t until she had done pleasuring, and
I’m probably not remembering this correctly, but I’m almost positive she was pretty much
done pleasuring Deidra before she even talked about how she felt and how->>Kenrya: Well except for that she withheld
her orgasm.>>Erica: Yeah bitch.>>Kenrya: I was like, “Ooh look at you, making
her wait.”>>Erica: Ooh girl. Yeah. Yeah. But I mean she … I feel like that was long
game->>Kenrya: Yes.>>Erica: … trying to make sure she got … Like
when you cum, I want it to be amazing->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and that’s why we’re doing this.>>Kenrya: Yeah, building up some more anticipation,
some wait time.>>Erica: Exactly and she was a thoughtful
lover->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and just … it was a beautiful
scene because she was really focused upon giving Deidra this->>Kenrya: “Upon.” I’m sorry.>>Erica: Focused upon. Focused on giving Deidra this really amazing
experience->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and what can I do. And she got off->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … you know, as a result of it. I mean now I think, again, I think that’s
what makes you a good lover, if you want to->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: It’s a dance, and you got to remember
that it’s … If you’re focused on you, you can’t be …>>Kenrya: She’s slaying solo. Well, it can’t be solo, but if you’re with
a partner, or multiple->>Erica: I’ll tell you.>>Kenrya: … then it’s a group project. It’s a group dance.>>Erica: It’s a group project.>>Kenrya: It’s a step. It’s coordinated.>>Erica: And don’t be that group member that
don’t do your job and then get a good grade.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: You know? Yeah, I really like that part about it. Girl …>>Kenrya: What?>>Erica: I have in here note sensual massage.>>Kenrya: Oh.>>Erica: I think this is just reflective of
the fact that this is two women->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Because I have never had a good massage
from a man.>>Kenrya: Oh I have.>>Erica: Did it end up with a dick in your
back?>>Kenrya: No.>>Erica: Oh.>>Kenrya: It was the next day. I mean the sex was the night before and->>Erica: Oh okay.>>Kenrya: … the morning too, but this was
just like another separate, “Let me just rub you down.”>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Because I had taken a shower, and
you know I be ashy, I got eczema. I have to be good about my moisturizing situation,
and I was starting to moisturize myself, and he was like, “Let me do that. Lay down.”>>Erica: That was nice.>>Kenrya: And it just turned into a whole
… best massage I’ve ever had that wasn’t from a professional.>>Erica: Wow. Yeah.>>Kenrya: Yeah. And I get them regularly, but every other
massage I’ve ever had from a man has been->>Erica: He be like->>Kenrya: Exactly.>>Erica: That’s him like->>Kenrya: Them little fingertips on your shoulder.>>Erica: This is the noise of four fingertips
barely->>Kenrya: Yes. Just barely touching you, and then here’s
a dick.>>Erica: And he be like boop! Dick in your back.>>Kenrya: Exactly. It has always struck me … A lot of times
I find myself laughing when they do that, because it’s such a fucking transparent ploy.>>Erica: Because let’s be clear, in the porn
when they do the massage things->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … they be massaging the fuck out
of them people. If this was something you learned from porn,
at least->>Kenrya: Do it right.>>Erica: … do it right->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … based on the porn.>>Kenrya: Yeah it’s so fucking half-assed. And it’s always just a … To me it’s just
a ploy to get your shirt off, right? Because first it’s like, well you got to take
off your shirt. I’m thinking of a very specific instance. And then it’s like, “Well, you need to take
off your bra because I can’t really get at your back, and I don’t want to get lotion
on your bra, so you should go on->>Erica: This is so specific>>Kenrya: Yes, “… and take that off.” So now you’re lying there, you got your breasts
out->>Erica: Titties out.>>Kenrya: … down on this nigga’s bed or
couch or whatever the fuck and hoping you don’t catch nothing, because niggas, and then
he puts them little fingertips on your shoulder.>>Erica: It’s probably so you going to have
to do all this shit for->>Kenrya: Fuck you to do this … and now
your dick is out.>>Erica: Oh you know what, I did have a partner
who was really good at massaging.>>Kenrya: Yeah?>>Erica: Oh he was really good.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: He was really good at massaging and
stretching, because I was working out->>Kenrya: Oh. Yeah yeah yeah.>>Erica: … a lot, and he would stretch the
fuck out of me. Then he’d get to that groin stretch->>Kenrya: Right.>>Erica: … things would happen, but nonetheless
it was … I did have a good, I mean it would end up with sex, but it was a good->>Kenrya: But think about it. That’s one person out of how many niggas have
tried to get you undressed under the pretext of giving you a massage over the years.>>Erica: Look, it don’t work.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Let’s just say it. If you ain’t the specific people we talking
about, just hang it up.>>Kenrya: If I let you do it, it’s literally
… I’m not stupid. I know that you’re just trying to get me out
of your clothes, and that you’re too fucking immature to just take them off me, or … You
know what I mean?>>Erica: Yeah, like come on, let’s be better
about this.>>Kenrya: Yeah. Or like the tickling. Have you ever had a man …>>Erica: Oh my god I will fucking kick you
in the chin if you try tickling me.>>Kenrya: I had a man who that would be how
he would get close to me? Is he would tickle me.>>Erica: That would dry my pussy up so quick.>>Kenrya: Oh my god. But I liked him. So you know it’s always like you’re just allowing
this shit to happen->>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: … just like with the massage. You know what the ploy is, but you want to
go ahead and get your nut. So you just go ahead and let it happen. Like I said, half the time I’m giggling to
be quite honest, because I can’t hold that shit in because it’s fucking stupid.>>Erica: Yeah you’re giggling at him not with
him.>>Kenrya: Yes. Not with him. I’m sure they think that … But no, no sir.>>Erica: “She like this.” No, you’re a goofball, but you got really
good shoulders.>>Kenrya: No. This is ridiculous, just bring out the dick. Let’s go. Yeah.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Uh-huh. But yeah, tickling also, in that same category.>>Erica: Trash. T-rash.>>Kenrya: Yeah, tell you who that was later.>>Erica: Who? Oh eww.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Eww.>>Kenrya: Only in the beginning, but yeah.>>Erica: Yeah because also I want someone
that’s confident->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and self-assured and I feel like
tickling is one of those->>Kenrya: That ain’t it.>>Erica: … “Come here little girl->>Kenrya: Oh no!>>Erica: … let me see if I can touch …” I
mean it’s just weird like don’t tickle.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: Ooh sorry y’all, I hit the stuff.>>Kenrya: It is.>>Erica: We’ll be in our new studios next
recording.>>Kenrya: We will.>>Erica: In this story, as you explained,
Nia and Deidra … What have … Well, I don’t know if they would have met each other, but
they both were very connected without really knowing it, you know?>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: I’ll tell a little story about myself. My mother had a best friend in high school. Her best friend lived across the street and
was her best friend all through high school. They were homegirls. My mama go out one night, meet this man. They started dating. This man comes home, comes to my mama’s house
to meet the family, and he comes to the house. He mentions, “Hey, my aunt live across the
street->>Kenrya: Shut up.>>Erica: … in that house.” And this was her best friend’s mom.>>Kenrya: Wow.>>Erica: So it was one of those situations
were it was like, whoa this world is small as hell.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: I feel like Nia and Deidra have that
similar situation->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … where Deidra is Nia’s mentor
slash fake mom’s long lost daughter.>>Kenrya: Damn daughter. Yeah.>>Erica: Have you had a situation like that
where you might have been with somebody and then, you know, after a few conversations
you’re like, “Damn. 20 more minutes we would have met through
this person.”>>Kenrya: I don’t think I have, but my family
is full of those stories.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: So my family is fucking huge. My father is one of 15 kids.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: We from Mississippi. My family mostly now lives in Cleveland and
at least->>Erica: Great Migration shout out.>>Kenrya: … a couple of my cousins … Yes,
shout out to the Great Migration …>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … have been out on dates with
people. I remember once my cousin in particular was
like, “Yeah my Uncle Frog …” and this chick was like, “Nigga, I got an Uncle Frog.” They was cousins. One of my cousins brought somebody home to
my Auntie Berta house and->>Erica: How do you got an Uncle Frog? That is the coolest fucking name on earth.>>Kenrya: Oh we got all kinds of interesting
names. And then my Auntie … He brought this chick
home and it’s his grandma, his big ma, and my Auntie was like, “Nigga that’s your cousin.” So then she was just over at the house with
family. That happens a lot in my family. Yeah, luckily it’s never happened to me, but
if I met anybody with any of the last names there associated with my daddy’s side, I’d
be scared.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Because it’s not that. It’s a lot of us, but->>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … you know what I mean? They’re not the most common names all over.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative). So my high school boyfriend was my mom’s other
best friend in high school’s nephew.>>Kenrya: Shut up.>>Erica: Yeah. So, you know, we grew up … It’s hard to
tell the story without giving all my deets, but I changed high schools my freshman year->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and so I came into this high
school in a community that my mom grew up in, and you know, it was like … So I finally
transferred to a school where all my momma people lived and the teachers, you know, taught
my mama->>Kenrya: Wow.>>Erica: … or went to school with my mama. One of those really small, close communities.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: Started dating … Well, got really
cool with this girl, we became best friends, her daughter is now my goddaughter, and she
is my … So I was telling my mom and my granny or somebody and mentioned her last name and
she was like, “That’s so and so’s niece.” I was like, “Oh shit.” At the time, we had … No … Yeah, and I
think at the time I was simultaneously hollering at her brother and you know, dating her brother.>>Kenrya: Oh. Oh.>>Erica: Yeah. We didn’t date that long because I clearly
remember going out doing high school hoe shit with her. So I don’t think I was dating her brother
that long. But unless it was one of those …>>Kenrya: Yeah. Yeah.>>Erica: But again it’s one of those like
really small neighborhoods->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … really small communities where
everybody knows everybody. I mean I go home and see my nieces and nephews
playing with kids and I’m like, “Oh, I went to school with her mama.” You know?>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: One of those communities, which,
you know, is a blessing and a curse.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: I mean it’s a blessing for me because
I ain’t there no more->>Kenrya: Right.>>Erica: … but I can only imagine if I were
living there.>>Kenrya: Yeah. As your adult life trying to … Yeah I can’t
think of any. I do know that we have some folks in our friend
group who have met somebody and then found out it was an ex of somebody else’s.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: And I’ve definitely fucked people
who my friend’s have fucked, because HBCU.>>Erica: Yeah. HBCU’s [inaudible 00:43:30].>>Kenrya: And it wasn’t even til after college
that it happened so it was really like, who gives a fuck?>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: Yeah I mean I can think of somebody
right now that’s fucked at least like three or four of us so …>>Erica: I know one that I’m thinking, I’m
like, “Ugh->>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: … he ain’t deserve to smell none
of these pussies,” but, whatever.>>Kenrya: Oh. I know which one you thinking of.>>Erica: We make poor decisions and … Well,
we make decisions based on the information->>Kenrya: That we have at the time.>>Erica: … that we have at the time.>>Kenrya: Yeah. It is what it is.>>Erica: Who am I to judge?>>Kenrya: That’s right.>>Erica: Also, with Nia and Deidra, I think
part of the reason that they are so … Well, from what I’ve read of the book … Well,
my interpretation of the book, I feel like part of the reason they’re so drawn and so
into one another, partly, is because they experience this really heavy trauma loss.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: You know? This heavy relationship …>>Kenrya: Yeah, although, you know->>Erica: Well, I don’t want to say loss because->>Kenrya: Yeah because Deidra’s not close
to her mom.>>Erica: … Deidra didn’t really lose her
mom.>>Kenrya: Exactly, she wasn’t close to her,
but …>>Erica: Oh you know what, let me say this. Nia lost and someone came in->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and filled that space.>>Kenrya: Someone who was closely tied to
that person, and you know she talks about being drawn to her->>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … and I agree with you. I think that part of why she feels quote on
quote drawn to her is because she thinks that maybe she’ll fill some of the whole that is
left from Pat.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: Yeah, I’ve been there.>>Erica: Girl. Haven’t we all.>>Kenrya: Yeah.>>Erica: You want to share your story or …>>Kenrya: Sure. So, I was married and then divorced, thank
God. I think that part of why I ended up with the
person who I married is because when I met him, I was grieving the loss of the man who
I was with before.>>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: He died pretty horribly in an accident->>Erica: Tragic accident.>>Kenrya: Yeah. I was still trying to pick myself back up.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: I was very raw and pretty transparent
about what was hurting me, and what I thought I wanted->>Erica: That there was a hole and the hole
wasn’t shaped and->>Kenrya: … and that there was a hole.>>Erica: … he was able to come in and …>>Kenrya: I mean his picture was still a picture
of us up on my wall->>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … when I started dating, you know,
the next person … Like all of this. I think that it was literally that I wanted
somebody to kind of cling onto because I was->>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: … feeling alone and I was tired
or … I got tired of talking to my friends about it because I didn’t want to depress
anybody and I was in grief. That was the beginning of my therapy journey
is I was seeing someone for grief. But to have someone who was not connected
to that, who didn’t know him, whose purpose in my life wasn’t to sit and talk through
the trauma that ensued from that. Just, I guess, kind of felt good, because
I was so honest about the hole, and narcissists are really good at molding themselves->>Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Kenrya: … into whatever shape you leave
for them. I ended up in a, you know, a not great situation.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: So absolutely, I have been there.>>Erica: I think with … So with my last
marriage … Last marriage, or my marriage that I’m now out of, I think it was that,
but it was a little different in the sense that we shared.>>Kenrya: Y’all lost together.>>Erica: We’d had a lot of loss together. He lost his mom and I lost my mom a few months
later.>>Kenrya: Yeah. Trauma bonds are real.>>Erica: Then we had multiple miscarriages
and I think that that made it just … I mean I think leaving a marriage for anyone, choosing
to divorce, even if you’re positive that I don’t need to be with this person->>Kenrya: It’s still a tough thing.>>Erica: … it’s still tough divorcing. I think it made it that much more difficult,
having gone through such loss together->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … you feel like we have this shared
… this bond. You were with me when I lost my mom, I was
with you when you lost your mom->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … we lost these two children together. It’s so difficult because you feel like this
is the one person in the world that->>Kenrya: Understands.>>Erica: … understand, and that gets me,
but if I was being truly honest to myself, we were grieving these two situations separately.>>Kenrya: Right. Alongside each other but not together.>>Erica: But not together. Yeah so, it’s definitely … I mean and not
to say that, because you know, I do think that sometimes loss brings people together
and they might be able to navigate it well, but I also think that such significant trauma
kind of, not kind of, clouds your judgment->>Kenrya: Mmm.>>Erica: … it dulls your senses.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: You’re not able to … You’re not
going into things as clear as you normally would.>>Kenrya: Right. Yeah.>>Erica: It can kind of cause things to go
awry.>>Kenrya: Well, and I think it can also make
it difficult to feel like you can leave.>>Erica: Yeah.>>Kenrya: If you know that this person has
experienced loss, you don’t want to heap another loss to their pile.>>Erica: I remember saying that same thing
in therapy->>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: … and my therapist was like, “Look,
you’re not this man’s first trauma, and you will not be his last.”>>Kenrya: You won’t be his last. And don’t traumatize yourself for the sake
of saving somebody else. That is the root of fucking co-dependency.>>Erica: Yep. Yep.>>Kenrya: Yeah, but it can be hard to get
there, especially not without therapy.>>Erica: Girl, not without therapy. Once again, our episodic shout out to therapy.>>Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).>>Erica: Man we need to do like air horns
or something every time we do->>Kenrya: I need to get like an app like,
you knoKid Fury has been using that fucking app to use sounds whenever he is doing Nicki
Minaj.>>Erica: Yeah, exactly exactly. So we need something like that so that we
can just, you know, our periodic therapy shout out. Well, now that we said therapy shout out,
I think this wraps up this episode as The Turn On.>>Kenrya: Right, it’s like The Turn On bingo. Bitch they got therapy.>>Erica: We made it to therapy. All right, so this has been this week’s episode
of The Turn On. These are your lovely hosts Erica and Kenrya,
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